Amp up the star quality on your big day and opt for one of these popular celebrity wedding venues.
We all know the A-listers love a lavish ceremony, from some of the world’s most expensive engagement rings, to their mesmerising outfits and extravagant celebrity wedding cakes, and while the venue is often kept out of the headlines, the rich and famous certainly know how to pick a jaw-dropping location. We’ve done some digging into some of the most popular celebrity wedding venues around the world so you can emulate the A-list on your own big day.
Celebrity weddings tend to be shrouded in secrecy to help keep out the paprazzi, but when we do get a glimpse inside, it’s clear that the A-listers are opting for all things luxe on their big day. The weddings themselves are nearly always hosted at some of the world’s most lavish and beautiful venues, but is there one particular venue the celebs all use for their wedding day?
From Kim and Kanye, to the Clooney’s, Diamonds Factory has broken down some of the most famous weddings of all time to curate a list of some of the most popular celebrity wedding venues around the world. We’ve also done a little digging to find out how much it would cost you to say ‘I do’ at these celeb-approved venues.
17 of the Most Popular Celebrity Wedding Venues
1. Old Marylebone Town Hall, London
London’s Marylebone Town Hall takes the title of the most popular celebrity wedding venue and has hosted at least 17 celebrity marriages in recent years, including Antonio Banderras, Claudia Winkleman, and Jude Law. Paul McCartney, and Liam Gallagher both loved the venue so much they got married there twice. The Grade II listed building in London is one of the most sought-after venues and is a certified favourite for celebrity couples worldwide.
2. City Hall, New York
Although many celebs dash off to the far corners of the world for their extravagant weddings, they are often required to legally tie the knot in their home state or country. So it’s no wonder many have opted for New York City Town hall as the venue for the ‘official’ wedding. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, who held their second ceremony in the dreamy Lake Como, Italy, chose City Hall for the smaller, legal ceremony. Others, like Grey’s Anatomy’s Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery, wanted a more down-to-earth, quiet wedding with their closest friends and family which this venue proved ideal for.
5. Babington House, Somerset
Also proving a hit with the rich and famous is Babington House, situated in the heart of the British countryside in Somerset, with at least seven celebrity couples tying the knot there. The list of couples include James Corden and Julia Carey, Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe, and the DJ Fatboy Slim and radio host Zoe Ball. The beautiful Georgian House has picturesque grounds, as well as traditionally styled bedrooms for guests.
4. San Ysidero, Montecito
Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow got married in a private ceremony at this stunning ranch in Montecito, California. in 2003. More recently, Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger married in secret at this wonderful location. With its ultra-romantic vibes, incredible scenery and complete privacy, it’s no wonder why so many A-listers seeking a little more anonymity have flocked to tie the knot here.
5. Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire is a lavish World Heritage Site that’s seen at least five celebrity couples get married. Steeped in history with gorgeous grounds surrounding the impressive country house, Blenheim Palace was the perfect venue for Rochelle and Marvin Humes who got married here in 2012 with 250 guests in the magnificent Orangery. Sylvester Stallone also got married here in 1997 to Jennifer Flavin after a long, tumultuous relationship and have now been happily married for almost 24 years.
6. Castle Skibo, Scotland
Located in Northern Scotland, Castle Skibo is a 7,500-acre estate overlooking the Dornoch Firth and home to one of the world’s most prestigious private clubs. With 20% of visitors typically arriving by private jet, this Highland castle is an elite wedding venue which was perfect for Madonna’s wedding to Guy Ritchie. While the wedding was kept under wraps, it was a very traditional Scottish ceremony. It was also the venue of choice for Scottish Actor Ewan Mcgregor who married Eve Mavrakis at the castle in 1995.
7. New York Plaza Hotel, New York
Located at the famous intersection between Central Park and Fifth Avenue, The Plaza Hotel is an iconic New York building with world-class prestige. It’s dedicated team of planning specialists have helped make wedding dreams come true for a number of celebrity couples
8. Sunstone Winery, Santa Ynez
Channeling a Tuscan villa and Provençal vineyard in California, Sustone Winery is considered one of the most desirable wedding destinations in the US and was actually named the most popular wedding venue in California in 2019.
9. City Hall, Paris
In France, legal weddings can only be carried out by a civil authority before couples can marry at places of worship or other venues. This means often it is only the mayor of a major town hall (Hotel de Ville) or mayor’s offices (Mairie) can hold the wedding. In France, the cream of the crop is the Hotel de Villa in Paris, the city of love itself.
10. Oheka Castle, Long Island
On the East coast of the US, OHEKA, a modern castle in Long Island, celebrates in 21st century style and enjoys the reputation as one of the most coveted wedding venues in the world.
11. Ventana Inn & Spa, California
Overlooking the rugged Pacific Coast, California’s Ventana Inn & Spa is situated in the famed Big Sur region. You’ll make memories to last a lifetime at a truly unique spot where the ocean meats the mountains, surrounded by a dramatic redwood forest.
12. The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida
The Breakers prides itself on the finer details that make a wedding day, whether its full-blown ballroom affair or an intimate and private ceremony, hidden from prying paps, the venue doesn’t scrimp on indulgence. Plus, hearing the waves break as you say your vows is truly a movie moment.
13. Terranea Resort, California
Regularly named as one of the most romantic venues in the Orange County area, Terranea Resort offers an exotic wedding venue in Southern California, just 20 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport.
14. El Dorado Golf & Beach Club, Los Cabos
This luxury retreated in Mexico’s highly sought after Los Cabos region is where Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine married his wife Behati Prinsloo.
15. One and Only Palmilla, Los Cabos
Another popular spot in luxe Los Cabos in the indulgently all-inclusive One & Only Palmilla, where a dedicated team of A-list wedding planners will craft the wedding day and a honeymoon you’ve always dreamed of.
16. Marigny Opera House, New Orleans
A re-purposed church designed by French architect Theodore Giraud, New Orlean’s Marigny Opera House has a charm that truly speaks for itself, it’s no wonder some of the more trend-savvy celebs have opted to tie the knot here.
17. Kew Gardens, London
Exchange vows in the enchanting 19th century Nash Conservatory, toast to your new union on a pristine and secluded lawn in the Gardens, then turn the world’s largest Victorian greenhouse, Temperate House, into your dancefloor. It’s no wonder the celebs flock to London’s stunning Kew Garden’s for their special day. The Instagram-approved photo opportunities certainly help, too.
5 of the Most Expensive Celebrity Wedding Venues
It’s no secret that celebrity weddings are often very expensive. Some of the most eye-wateringly expensive weddings we’ve seen over the decades include Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel who spent £4,936,584 on their wedding in total, as well as Beyonce and Jay-Z with a £3,190,515 wedding and Kanye West and Kim Kardashian spending £2,985,801 on their big day. Here’s how much it would set you back to tie the knot at some of the most sought after celeb wedding venues.
- Brush Creek Ranch, Wyoming – £2,900 per person
This luxurious, all-inclusive authentic ranch in Wyoming offers 30,000 acres that’s nestled amongst the stunning Sierra Madre mountains. With premium guest accommodation and creative dining menus, your wedding will definitely stand out from the rest here. American actress Allison Williams and entrepreneur Ricky Van Veen married in this venue in 2015 at £2,075.00 per person.
- Pelican Hill Resort, California – £1,663 per person
Located in Newport Beach, California, this venue offers incredible ocean views, scenic pathways and Italian-inspired architecture that will leave you breathless. Exclusively yours for the day, brides can enjoy time at the spa before walking down the aisle to say ‘I do’ under their iconic Rotunda. Chance the Rapper got married here to his childhood sweetheart in 2019 at £1,190.18 per person.
- Château de Tourreau, France – £1,435.51 per person
This grand French Château located in Sarrians, France was built in 1612 and is one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the world. With an impressive 20-acres of land and a rental period of at least 4 days and 3 nights, your wedding will be a home away from home for you and your guests. This venue saw the wedding of Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas and charges £1,033.33 per person.
- Colony 29, California – £812.46
Known as the ultimate Palm Springs wedding venue, Colony 29 is a boutique hotel surrounded by six acres of botanical gardens and a backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains and the Indian Canyons. With multiple spaces available for weddings, from 50 guests to 300, each area is beautifully designed. TV personality and fashion designer Whitney Port got married here in 2015 at £581.48 per person.
- Babington House, Somerset – £698.64
The beautiful Georgian, Grade II listed manor in the heart of Somerset is set in 18 acres of English countryside just 30 minutes from Bath. While typically a private members club, this venue is available for weddings of up to 120 guests. In 2014, the venue hosted the wedding of Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe in a stunning, winter wonderland themed ceremony at £500 per person.
Ben Stinson, Head of eCommerce at Diamonds Factory spoke about how their customers take inspiration from celebrity weddings:
“We often hear of our customer’s big wedding plans and it’s great to recognise some of the celebrity wedding venues from their plans and stories of their big day. Whether it’s literally copying every element of church decor, or prompting couples to think about whether they want a city or countryside venue, celebrity weddings are great sources of inspiration.
“We’re aware that not everyone can afford a million-dollar celebrity style wedding, so it’s really easy to cut some of the costs from upcycling or using your own decor and centrepieces, to doing a DIY disco to cap off the evening”.
“At Diamonds Factory, we’re all about making dreams come true through our jewellery, and when that plays a part in their big day at their dream venue, that fills us with joy!”
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